Knockoff of S-300 Wins Competition
By Harold Hutchison
Turkey has touched off a major kerfluffle among NATO countries after selecting a Chinese surface-to-air missile system for purchase. The decision has drawn criticism from numerous quarters.
According to media reports, Turkey has chosen the HQ-9 system, which is comparable to the Russian S-300 SAM. The manufacturer, China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation, has been subjected to sanctions for doing business with Iran, which has purchased anti-ship missiles from the company.
Turkey is not backing down, despite the criticsm. “This is a short list and China is in first place. We are going to invite the Chinese, the offer is on the table and we are going to turn this offer into a contract,” Murad Bayar, Undersecretary of Defense Industries at the Turkish Defense Ministry, said.